27. July 2004 · Comments Off on On Gay Marriage · Categories: General

On reading many letters to the editor on the subject of ‘gay marriage’, I sometimes think I am transported into some sort of bizarro world.

But then I think back to my many debates with my European friends, who commonly believe that governments are formed among men to create their rights.

This is not our tradition in America. Here, we believe out rights are intrinsic. And we form governments, surrendering to them certain of those rights, in order to secure the others, which are innumerable.

Among those is the right of contract, of which marriage is one. It is simply not the purview of government, as per our American tradition, to define the nature of the marriage contract. It is only the responsibility of government to enforce that contract once it is entered into.

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